How to File a Quitclaim Deed

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Complete the deed form. All deeds contain the names of the granting party and the receiving party as well as the legal address of the property being conveyed and the purchase price of the transaction. Below this information is space for signatures and notarization. All deeds must be notarized by a notary public to be valid.

Take the deed to the county courthouse. In most counties around the country the county recorder handles all real estate records. The recorder's office will typically require a small filing fee for processing the deed. According to Sandy Gadow of, once the deed has been received by the recorder's office and processed it is said that "constructive notice" has been given, which means that the transaction is now a matter of official public record.

If applicable file a preliminary change in ownership report. Some states require these reports to update the property tax records. While there is a fee associated with filing these reports, most real estate transactions place the burden of paying that fee upon the seller. In most of the cases when a quitclaim deed is used the buying and selling party are closely related so this fee would need to be taken into consideration.



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